Roast in the New Year

 

Written by Laura Beam in the January 2015 Issue

Coffee beansIt’s January. Like clockwork, we’re supposed to magically embrace every healthy and virtuous mindset that somehow eluded us up to the end of the last calendar page of 2014. We’re compelled to suddenly crave earthen foods and live at the gym. Clean our closets and organize our offices. It’s too much. It’s cold. I need coffee.

Even as we take down Christmas lights and rightfully consider new goals, something delicious and wintery-warm still revels  in our souls—like leftovers in the fridge beckoning us to indulge. There’s only one way to get through these marvelous months of change—caffeine. This means it is time to check out Edmond’s stylish new coffeehouses. Every sip and bite of these surprisingly diverse menus bring yesterday’s holiday joys to everyday life.

Perk Place

Mornings take on new meaning at this cozy hangout. Owners Jeff and Natalie Meyer, 30-year restaurant experts, don’t just make a mean cup of coffee, but also treat guests to a delicious lineup of breakfast and lunch foods made fresh daily. Pastries, breads, paninis, hearty breakfast burritos, homemade salsa and a gourmet mayo so good you can dip chips in it, make this specialty coffee shop a go-to hot spot. Guests love the yogurt bar, too, where they can add their own toppings like granola and fruit. This generous coffeehouse also offers catering, free coffee from 7-8am Mon.-Sat. and donates your  ‘generosity jar’ tips to area charities. Now that’s coffee with a mission in mind!

1649 W. 33rd Street | perkplacecafeok.com

Compass Coffeehouse

Young entrepreneurs take note: there’s a savvy movement gaining steam at forward-minded coffee cafes like Compass Coffeehouse. Owner Ally Moore, at just 24 years of age, has a taste for the artisan coffee culture and a mission to treat customers to the finest brew possible. Topeca Coffee from Tulsa is handcrafted with exacting techniques to produce the ultimate ‘seed to cup’ delight. Don’t think the convenience of a drive-thru negates the specialty of this coffee. Each cup is a masterful treat! Pastries from the renowned Brown’s Bakery, chocolates from Rick’s Fine Chocolates & Coffees in Guthrie and Kize Bars from Kize Concepts in Oklahoma add to the decadence of this convenient new-wave coffee shop.

900 NW 50th Street | compasscoffeehouse.com

Coffee mugAspen Coffee Company

Remember that fantastic coffee shop in Stillwater you discovered all those years ago? Now Edmond is home to Aspen Coffee’s second location, serving up that same great coffee they roast themselves in Stillwater. Not only are the coffee and smoothie drinks a tried-and-true hit, but the amazing menu of wraps, sandwiches, breakfast burritos, pastries and scones are an attraction all their own. From morning to night, seven days a week, you can stop in for favorites like the blueberry scone, lemon poppyseed muffins and cookies, pig in a poppy roll and crunchy Asian chicken wrap. Perfect for the college crowd, business meetings and busy moms, this convenient spot is a pleasure morning or night!

180 W. 15th Street | aspencoffeecompany.com

Inspirations Eatery & Events, Tea Room & Coffee House

For more than a decade, Edmond has called this fashionable tea room home. The culinary delights offered for lunches and parties, as well as their incredible selection of global teas, balsamic vinegars, and extra virgin olive oils have delighted every taste. Beginning in mid-January, Inspirations will offer even more opportunities to delight the taste buds. Additions include a breakfast menu and a barista bar offering coffees and specialty drinks like bubble tea. Enjoy the full tea room experience in the newly updated chic decor, or stop in for a quick and casual breakfast or lunch with their new walk-up order service. Waffles, quiche, breakfast sandwiches, homemade granola, and fresh fruit parfaits will be highlights of the new breakfast menu, along with the signature scones that have made this wonderful spot a local icon!

2118 W. Edmond Road | inspirationstearoom.com

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